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Interaction | July 2015

Renewable energy has attracted large job opportunities

According to Ramesh Kymal, Chairman and Managing Director, Gamesa India, construction and post-construction phase requires more workforce and the remaining manpower is employed in business development and design, among other functions.

The new solar and wind goals are ambitious targets, what employment opportunities this creates?
The renewable energy sector in India started during 1989 and has since increased its capacity to over 33,000 MW. It´s rapid growth has attracted a large pool of manpower into this sector and the industry has been quiet successful in generating the required talent. Based on a Global Wind Energy Council report published in 2012, India is expected to generate direct employment of 179,000 people by 2020. Alternately a research published by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in 2010 estimated total employment in the wind sector to be around 20 lakh. With improved impetus by the government towards renewables through various initia¡tives, we anticipate that this will be realised in the coming years.

Which job profiles will require full-time skilled manpower?
India has acquired sufficient skill-sets in various segments over the years. Broadly, the manpower requirement in the industry can be classified as pre-construction, construction and post-construction. During the pre-construction phase, highly qualified specialists are required in wind research, and land identification process. In the construction and post-construction phase, more skilled manpower is required for project execution activities like development, erection, commissioning and maintenance of wind farms.

Will we see an increase in headcount for Gamesa in the current year?
Gamesa in India today employs over 1,000 people. Over the last couple of years, we have consistently increased our manpower as linked to our increased share of business in India. We envisage good growth in India and we will be expanding our manpower requirement in-line to our growth.

Where are your requirements for skilled workforce?
Wind as an industry requires more manpower during construction and post-construction phase. Out of the total workforce in Gamesa India, the former two phases roughly account for over 70 per cent of the total manpower. The remaining manpower is employed in business development and design, among other functions.

The full range of economic benefits of employment generated by RE is largely unknown due to a lack of reporting by solar and wind companies. Do you agree?
As a growing industry we have noticed that the sector has attracted large job opportunities off-late spurred by various investments made into the sector. As a global company Gamesa offers many additional benefits to its employees in terms of medical insurance, occupational health and safety, conveyance and accommodation benefits during travel, etc. Irrespective of the geography we are in, as a policy we adhere to global standards in creating the right working atmosphere that is safe for our employees.

Throw light on the job creation exercise done by Gamesa?
Gamesa conducts job fairs across Tier-II and III cities to employ skilled manpower to maintain and operate wind farms. In fact, we host Gamesa Academy, a training program that trains ITI graduates from Tier-II and III cities for a period of 6 months and absorbs them under various capacities in the organisation.

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